Preview: PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship

PGA TOURPreview – PGA Tour – Wyndham Championship – Sedgefield Country Club –
Greensboro, North Carolina –

This week’s PGA Tour stop is the final opportunity for players to either jockey for position or earn enough points to qualify for next week’s FedEx Cup Playoffs – only the Top 125 in the FedEx Cup Standings advance.

The champion earns 500 FedEx Cup points.

Tiger Woods is playing this week in hopes of earning enough points to continue his PGA Tour season. He starts the week at 187th in the FedEx Cup Standings. He’s not alone as defending champion Camilo Villegas, Ernie Els, Ryo Ishikawa and Martin Kaymer are outside looking in at the moment as well.

Played one of the tour’s most historic sites – Sedgefield Country Club (par-70, 7,130 yards) – this Donald Ross-designed venue dates back to 1925. Past legendary champions include Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Gary Player.

The field includes several international players coming off runs at the PGA Championship last week including Branden Grace, George Coetzee, Hideki Matsuyama and Kaymer.  Four players in the Top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings are competing. Kaymer is 21st in the world.

The Golf Channel has coverage Thursday and Friday and early coverage on the weekend with CBS Sports and its crew handling the leaders Saturday and Sunday.

2014 Recap:

  • Villegas (17-under) broke through for the victory after a long win-less streak. He carded book-end 63s in the opening and final rounds to edge Bill Haas and Freddie Jacobson by a shot. Heather Slocum was solo third, while Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney logged Top 5 finishes.

FANTASY: Consider Koepka in this spot. He has wins on the PGA Tour at the Waste Management Open this season and on the European Tour last fall. Take Carl Pettersson, who is the all-time money leader at this event. He also comes with two Top 5s and a T-12 in recent starts. Take Grace, who enters after a hot summer of major championship play. He has two wins this year on the European Tour. Matsuyama’s stats across the board should bode well here. Haas, a winner from January on the PGA Tour, is a fit here.

BETTORS: At, Snedeker is the outright betting favorite at 14-to-1 odds. He is not in great form, but Sneds loves this track recording a win in 2007 and three other Top 10s including a T-5 in 2014. Koepka is a co-favorite in this FedExCupspot. At 40-1, take Luke Donald, the former No. 1. He missed out on a few majors this season and is rested. Take fliers on 125-1 long shot Sean O’Hair and 100-1 pick Johnson Wagner.

Other Golf News:

  • Inbee Park is the betting favorite at 5-1 odds at heading into the LPGAtour logoNEWLPGA Tour’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. The field also includes new member Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis.
  • The PGA Tour named Els as the Payne Stewart Award recipient. The World Golf Hall of Fame member is teeing it up at the Wyndham Championship this week in hopes to making the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He has competed in each of the last eight editions.
  • Champions TourBernhard Langer headlines the field at the Champions Tour event in Seattle this week along with hometown favorite Fred Couples. Langer is a 4-1 favorite to win at the Boeing Classic.